Ready to learn about PRONOUNS, class? Pay attention! And NO PAPERWAD THROWING when I turn out the lights!
The leaves are falling, which means my “Lady-planter” is beginning to have her annual bad-hair-day.
And it also means our home is being over-run again by wasps, spiders, wood roaches, lady bugs and even an occasional walking stick all looking for a warm place to spend the winter.
So, fall is a time to hear a wide variety of interjections at our house. Like these, when looking out the windows, “Beautiful! Lovely!” or these, when looking at the floor and walls inside, “Ick! Ugh! and you’ll see a lot of these: Stomp! Splat!”
Which reminds me of this Schoolhouse Rock video:
Can I interject some handy interjections for today’s busy Christian? They are — STOP!, DROP! and PRAY!!!
They will keep you from exclaiming, DARN! RATS! or Oh, MAN!! when things get tough.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ” Philippians 4:6-7
Missed me? Gloriadelia has been on fall break. But, I’m back! And, in honor of my college-age daughter, Liz, who loves all things English, and moved out last week, I’m encouraging you to “Unpack your Adjectives” (was that a run-on, Liz? sorry…)
Well, on any given day, these are words that can describe me, depending on the amount of restful sleep, nutritious food, or yummy chocolate I’ve had. And they are: cranky, mean, selfish, angry, out of control.
Now let’s compare my adjectives with God’s. These are the words that ALWAYS describe Him: loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, self-controlled. (Galatians 5:22)
I want to pack up my adjectives and exchange them for His.
We can do that, you know, send our adjectives packing.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Here’s a song, sung by Fernando Ortega, that I would describe as beautiful, and encouraging…
Maybe it will help you to be cheerful, encouraged, and hopeful. Listen…
If you have a hard time with it stalling, just push the pause button, and come back to it in a bit. It should load up and play straight through then.
In honor of my daughter, Liz, the English major (whose pet-peeve is bad grammar) I’m composing a week of lessons for the grammatically-challenged, but otherwise lovable, among us. 🙂
Today we learn about ACTION, class! Behold, the VERB….
A VERB is a word that describes action in a sentence. As in, “You WILL READ Gloriadelia.” Did you notice the action — “read“, had a little helper word in front of it to make it sound right? –“will“. That’s called a helping verb.
Aaand, we all need a little help to get into action now and then don’t we? To act the way we should when we should to the people we should?
And what’s the main thing we oughtta (sorry, Liz) be doing as Christians, Christian? LOVE!
“Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue [in other words, just talk about loving], but in deed and truth [DO IT!].” 1 John 3:18
And, who are the hardest people to love?!
The pastor? Hardly.
Your friends? popsicle sticks!
Your family? Bingo!!
That’s where the rubber meets the road
and sometimes goes BOING!!
sometimes we need a little help TO BE patient, kind…
And whose our Helper? Our helping verb, so to speak? The one who’ll come alongside and make our life sentence flow more smoothly? (meant as a grammatical metaphor, not a depressing commentary. Although, depending on who you live with, it can feel like a life sentence. 🙂 )
The Holy Spirit! He’s the one who will help change out negatives verbs, like anger, grumpiness, and hate, with positive ones, like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22) [My daughter informed me that anger, grumpiness, and hate are, in fact, nouns, NOT verbs. Picky, picky, picky…)
Here’s a bunch of verses about the Holy Spirit. I hope they leave you in a blessed state of being. 🙂 (It’s grammar! get it? state of being?…… google it.)
~~~”You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” (Acts 1:8)
~~”Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
~~”…God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Romans 5:5
~~”May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
~~”May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14
The Verb Prayer (or, Love is Action):
“Father, You are all about action! And You are Love, the Bible says (1 John 4:8). Thank you for giving me the Holy Spirit to help me to act the way I should, when I should, to the people I should. I want to love my family! Really love them, not just talk about it (1 John 3:18). Fill me with your Spirit today, please, so I can DO IT! In Jesus’ name, amen!”
So, in honor of my Grammatically-correct daughter, Liz, today we review the all-important noun. Hey! Don’t leave! It gets interesting! Keep your seat and watch this!:
A noun is “a person, place, or thing”….
Get out your notebooks, class, and write this down ~~ the person’s, places and things with which we associate, affect us. (effect us? Did I use the right form of that there word, Liz?!)
We’re just mirrors. We reflect the world around us.
Who’s in your world, Mirror?
I mean, who and what are the persons, places and things affecting you? (effecting?!)
In the virtual world there could be 1000’s of persons, places and things rubbing off on you.
Read this effective poem on that very topic. (affecti….oh, never mind.)
“Twitter, Facebook, Movies, Wii.
Entertain! Entertain! Entertain me!!!
This is our life, our heart’s decree!
How sad! How mad! How lost are we…” ~ gloris young
Class, get out your notebooks again and copy down these persons, places and things the Bible says we should be reflecting:
“Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts.” Proverbs 8:34 (That’s God, and he has lots to say to us if we’d listen…)
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. ” Isaiah 26:3 (That’s the place to be, in Perfect Peace)
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19-20 (It’s good to have some permanent things in our lives. The good we do for God and others, those are things that can never be taken away from us, the things we should really treasure.)
THE NOUN PRAYER (click on the verse references to read in context):
“Father, you are a Person, not a place or a thing. (Isaiah 48:12) You are a Person Who loves me. (John 3:16) You have important things to say to me. (Proverbs 8) No person, place, or thing I desire compares with You. (Proverbs 8:11) I haven’t taken enough time to listen to You. Help me set down my things and come away to a quiet place to spend some time with the most important Person in my life. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Do you know him, class? Click on the chalkboard to meet the Teacher: